Dr. Pellegrini is a surgeon with expertise on surgical education, simulation, professionalism, and leadership. He is a pioneer in the development of technological surgical advancements and a world leader in minimally invasive gastrointestinal surgery.
The son of two physicians, Dr. Pellegrini spent his childhood years in rural Argentina. He attended the University of Rosario Medical School and remained there for surgical training until he emigrated to the United States. After completing his second surgical residency at the University of Chicago, he was appointed to the faculty of the University of California, San Francisco and then moved to the University of Washington in Seattle, WA to become Chair of the Department of Surgery.
In his 23 years as department chair, he assumed many leadership roles in the highest decision-making bodies across UW Medicine and chaired many committees overseeing a vast array of work, including continuous professionalism improvement, diversity, and multidisciplinary practices.
In 2015, Dr. Pellegrini was appointed as the first Chief Medical Officer of UW Medicine and as Vice President for Medical Affairs, University of Washington to provide senior leadership for clinical practice standards across all UW Medicine sites of practice. Now retired from the practice of medicine, Dr. Pellegrini is applying his experience to coach healthcare providers and administrators develop their full potential, with particular emphasis on leadership and performance
Dr. Pellegrini is a Past-President of the American College of Surgeons and the American Surgical Association. He participates in the highest leadership roles in regional, national, and international surgical societies. His bibliography lists more than 400 peer-reviewed articles, chapters, editorials, and books, and he is a board member of The Joint Commission.